Clearing Out The Cottage

I’m a lover of lists.  A good list can usually spur me into action so I can get something accomplished.

Glade Cottage
Glade Cottage

I need to clear out The Cottage. I thought making a list of what needs to go and where I can put it would be helpful.

The pressure washer (red handles) has been removed from the Cottage which clears the floor a little more.
The pressure washer (red handles) has been removed from the Cottage which clears the floor a little more.

Pressure washer – Our son has taken on some power washing jobs this summer and came to pick it up.  I will eventually need to find a place to store it.

During the renovation some of the doors were taken off and we stored them.
During the renovation some of the doors were taken off and we stored them.

Doors – If I can’t use these original-to-the-house doors, I’ll donate them as salvage or offer them on Craigslist.

There are 3 full sheets and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation. Use them or lose them!
There are 3 full sheets and 2 half sheets of wallboard remaining from the house renovation. Use them or lose them!

Wallboard – We gave away a lot of scrap drywall recently.  Either the remaining pieces will be used to fix the Cottage ceiling or also given away.

The baseboard trim is still being stored on the floor of the Cottage.
The baseboard trim is still being stored on the floor of the Cottage.

Trim – Once the trim is applied in the house we’ll likely discard the shorter, unnecessary pieces.

The power miter saw can be stored in the shed; the other tolls go back to their owner.
The power miter saw can be stored in the shed; the other tolls go back to their owner.

Tools – In addition to the miter power saw on the workbench, there is another chop saw and a drill press. I also have an overhead projector which can easily be stored in one of the attics.

Shelves of paint behind the temporary wall need to be cleared and moved.
Shelves of paint behind the temporary wall need to be cleared and moved.

Paint – I can move the paint into the basement of the house or throw some of the older ones out.  The shelving can either go into the shed or the basement unless it would be useful in the Cottage.

The mid-century dresser was inherited by our son from his grandmother.
The mid-century dresser was inherited by our son from his grandmother.

Dresser – The heavy teak dresser will have to find a new home. It’s not my favorite because the drawers are difficult to open.  Maybe we can list it on Craigslist.

The twin bed needs to be exchanged with a larger one.
The twin bed needs to be exchanged with a larger one.

Bed – The twin bed in the cottage can be exchanged with a double bed but I’ll have to store the mattress, box spring, and bed frame. Maybe I should use the mattress and box spring as a daybed in the conservatory.

My drafting table while bulky does fold to an almost flat disposition.
My drafting table while bulky does fold to an almost flat disposition.

Drafting table – The drafting table used to be in the attic but it might be better suited to the Treetops bedroom.

The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.
The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.

Sewing machine – The sewing machine could be stored in the laundry room in the house.

There's a heavy, 4-drawer file cabinet which is also a fire safe.
There’s a heavy, 4-drawer file cabinet which is also a fire safe.

Safe – I was planning to keep the safe in a closet in the house but it might take too much room.  I’d hate to have to get rid of it.

This metal folding table can fit almost anywhere and is useful.
This metal folding table can fit almost anywhere and is useful.

Of course that’s not everything but these items would be a good start.

That should keep me busy.

Are you debating whether to get rid of something you’ve been holding onto?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “Clearing Out The Cottage”

  1. That’s a good list, Jo. What I like about making lists is it brings the item back into the active part of my mind. Sometimes I then get a brilliant idea of what to do with it before I actually get to the action. In any case, it sounds like you will be making great headway towards clearing the cottage.

    1. I have a secret purpose for wanting the Cottage cleaned up. Sooner rather than later would be ideal. And you’re right about lists. Jo

  2. Since we are cleaning out the basement, I understand what you are going through. Watching episodes of Hoarders or Tiny House has helped me get rid of things that I would otherwise be inclined to keep. Also, free space feels wonderful.

    1. It doesn’t seem like much when you’re storing it but it doesn’t take long for the accumulation to mount up. Success to us both. Jo

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